The Mushroom Hunters

The Mushroom Hunters is a new immersive installation created by Berlin-based artist, Clare Celeste Borsch,  inspired and named after a beautiful feminist poem by Neil Gaiman. Created from intricately hand-cut imagery, the assemblage of flora and fauna invites the viewer into a hallucinogenic and immersive ecosystem. What a beautiful tribute Clare has created.

"Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers."

Neil Gaiman, The Mushroom Hunters

A little background on the poem. The Mushroom Hunters was recited by Neil Gaiman's wife, musician Amanda Palmer at the Universe in Verse —an evening of science-inspired poems read by artists, writers, scientists, and musicians, part protest and part celebration, with all proceeds benefiting the Natural Resources Defense Council. The poem, tying together an evening whose unspoken yet deliberate theme was the often untold history of women in science. To hear the poem in it's entirety, click here

"Clare Celeste Börsch has been assimilating to different cultures and environments her entire life – having lived in Brazil, the US, Italy, Honduras, Argentina and Germany. Rich with texture and detail, each composition pays tribute to her capacity to transform her archive of experiences into hallucinogenic ecosystems of their own."

The installation is open for viewing until November 16th in Berlin. You can email the artist to book a private viewing through her website.

Jan Halvarson

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